Undefeated Rainbow Warriors selected as unanimous Number-1 in AVCA Coaches Poll

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For the first time since April of 2015, the University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team is ranked number-one in the AVCA Coaches Poll.

The Rainbow Warriors (20-0) were the unanimous choice on Monday, receiving all 16 first-place votes in the top-15.

The defending national champions of Long Beach State (19-1) spent all of the 2019 season to this point at the top spot, but were swept by USC this past Saturday.

The ‘Bows on the other hand, won their program-record 20th match to start the year and extended the NCAA record of consecutive sets won to 60.

Also on Monday it was announced that the Rainbows swept the weekly Big West Conference honors as Patrick Gasman was named Player of the Week, and Joe Worsley chosen as Defensive Player of the Week.

Hawai‘i is ranked No. 1 nationally in four NCAA team categories – hitting percentage (.491), kills per set (15.08), assists per set (13.96) and blocks per set (2.75).

The Rainbow Warriors boast the top hitter in the country for attack percentage with junior Rado Parapunov at .533. Colton Cowell is also hitting above .500, currently at .502 and ranked No. 4 nationally. Stijn van Tilburg is no slouch either with .478 efficiency.

Setter Joe Worsley leads the efficient UH attack with a nation’s-best 11.76 assists per set, while middle blocker Patrick Gasman anchors the stingy frontline – No. 1 in the NCAA with 1.58 blocks per set.

The Rainbow Warriors will continue their six-match road-trip on Tuesday with a single match against Concordia-Irvine.

The ‘Bows will then return to Big West Conference play with a two-match series against UC San Diego on Friday and Saturday.

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